Talking Talent completes US business acquisition of Life Meets Work to expand its services and global client base

Talking Talent, the award-winning UK coaching company specialising in solutions for working parents, female leadership and inclusion has acquired Life Meets Work, a US consulting firm that helps companies improve performance through innovative working practices.

The acquisition will boost Talking Talent’s growth, increase its global client portfolio and enable it to broaden its range of face to face and online coaching and consulting services for clients around the world.

The company’s headquarters will continue to be based in Oxford, UK, with Chris Parke as CEO. The US business will be led by Teresa Hopke, based in Minneapolis.

Life Meets Work is the US marketplace leader for working parent, emerging leader and career/life coaching and support. Talking Talent will be able to offer existing clients these new services together with its coaching for working parents, consultancy around gender diversity, parental transitions, women’s leadership development and building inclusive cultures.

Bringing both organisations together, Talking Talent will provide its clients with an even more holistic approach to engage, retain and progress talented women and working parents.

The combined client base represents over 150 of the world’s most successful multinational organisations. The network of offices in the US, London and Hong Kong will offer an amalgamated approach of organisation consulting, coaching, development and digital coaching platforms to ensure lasting systemic change and commercial benefit to customers.

Chris Parke, CEO Talking Talent, said: "Talking Talent was established in 2005 with the vision to make a difference to how women experience corporate life. By bringing Life Meets Work into the Talking Talent family we are combining the strengths of two companies leading innovation around building inclusive cultures, women's leadership and working parents solutions in their respective markets. The new venture provides an even stronger proposition to take our valued partnership forwards. It also strengthens our global presence making us better equipped to offer coaching solutions to multinational clients with global needs."

Teresa Hopke, President of Life Meets Work, said: “We are excited to be joining forces with such a dynamic and vibrant company. We look forward to continuing to reimagine the workplace and transforming lives with our combined offering.”

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About Talking Talent (www.talking-talent.com)

Talking Talent is a niche, award-winning global coaching consultancy leading the gender diversity agenda. We work with clients to unlock the potential within their business and make companywide behaviour shifts that accelerate business performance.

For more than a decade, we’ve been working with organisations on tailored coaching programmes that help them to retain talented individuals, increase their effectiveness and ensure that the bene t ripples throughout its business. We have coached in the region of 19,000 women, working parents and line managers, and on average save over £100m a year across our clients in retention alone.

Whether it’s supporting working parents, growing women’s leadership, enhancing wellbeing or broader consulting on inclusion and diversity practices, we collaborate to deliver the best results for our clients and their people.

For more information please contact:

Jon Matthews

jon.matthews@talking-talent.com

07811 140705

Heather Davis

heather@mywordcommunications.com

M: 07766030824